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By: Amy George, St. Petersburg resident   Pandemic Boredom hit hard in July of 2020. My daughter, Rachel Crozier, and I spent one evening in full pity-party mode, whining about the monotony of the days. Even our 5:30 a.m. walks had become dull. We both knew every street and house within a two-mile radius of our homes. We were desperate for some new scenery. Then Rachel had an inspiration: what if we tried to visit every park in St. Petersburg on foot —

By: Jill Edwards, MS, CEP; Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association Board Member Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association Healthier Together Certified Neighborhood   "The best way to stay well is to keep your immune system strong. Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, and reduce stress. But what about exercise? Does it help or hinder the body’s ability to fight off infection? Epidemiological evidence indicates that regular moderate physical activity reduces the incidence of many communicable diseases, such as viral and bacterial infections.   In contrast to the widely

We are thrilled to announce that Healthy St. Pete has received a generous sponsorship from BayCare to expand the Fresh Rec Stop program. This sponsorship will expand Fresh Rec Stop produce coolers to recreation centers on the city’s west side.  The west side centers that will be receiving the refrigerators are, Childs Park, Campbell Park, Gladden Park and J.W. Cate.  Click here to view all Fresh Rec Stop locations. The new expansion brings produce coolers to the City’s west side. Visitors to

  ST. PETE RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN VIRTUAL CHALLENGE FOR SKIN CANCER AWARENESS Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ is a month-long virtual event hosted by the American Academy of Dermatology to raise funds and awareness to help prevent and detect skin cancers. November is National Healthy Skin Month® and this year the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is encouraging everyone to safely hit the trails to raise funds and awareness for one of the most preventable forms of cancers — skin cancer. The

Explore St. Petersburg, experience a new Healthy St. Pete program and bring a friend along to try a healthy activity this fall!  Check out the ideas below to accomplish each of the bingo squares - or try a new way to get three in a row.  After you complete a square, submit pictures via JotForm to be entered to win a #HealthyStPete prize pack! Each item accomplished equals one entry.  Contest runs November 1-30. Submit pictures here: https://form.jotform.com/sppr/fall-into-health-bingo Click here to download

  Join us for our next FREE Healthier Together Workshop to help get connected to your community and learn how to take action! Healthier Together aims to begin conversations and elevate health as a shared valued with local experts as well as St. Petersburg residents. Register today for this third workshop in a quarterly series of community engagement events. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 10AM - 11:30AM   REGISTER AND LEARN MORE HERE: bit.ly/WorkshopHSP   Presenters include: Healthier Together Ambassadors and local experts Local business leaders Neighborhood Champions Healthy St. Pete staff members   Goals of this

Our Health360 program offers nutrition education, obesity prevention classes, family cooking experiences, financial wellness, and social-emotional learning opportunities.   Classes have transitioned to VIRTUAL for this fall session.    All sessions are FREE and include a FREE $10 produce voucher with every class attended. Class size is limited and registration is required. All classes are evidence based and instructed by industry professionals. Partner organizations include Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, BayCare, University of Florida IFAS, and more.   Learn more and register here: http://bit.ly/HSPSignUp  

Have you ever wondered if you’re cleaning your kitchen correctly? Think about it: your kitchen sink and sponge do some of the dirtiest work in your house! You can prevent foodborne illnesses and germs from spreading by cleaning where you prepare and consume food regularly and taking proper food safety precautions. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping a clean kitchen: 1. Wash your hands before preparing any food, whether for yourself, your family, or guests. You should wash your

Healthy St. Pete is a City of St. Petersburg initiative led by the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department. The mission of Healthy St. Pete is to build a culture of health in our city by making the healthy choice the easy choice through a collaborative community effort. We work to improve health outcomes, reduce health inequities, and strive to implement policies and programs that give all citizens the opportunity to reach and enjoy optimal health. Healthier Together aims to begin

  In collaboration with the City’s Transportation and Economic and Workforce Development departments, Healthy St. Pete completed the City’s first Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in December 2019 on proposed complete streets modifications to 18th Avenue South. The HIA assesses the potential health impacts related to active transportation and physical activity in addition to the economic determinants of health, including evaluating the downstream health impacts of how Complete Streets could impact existing business, future development, and employment opportunities. The HIA report includes